Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BAJ director attends France biodiversity confab

Journalist and blogger Mamadou Edrisa Njie, who arrived at Aeroport Marseille Provence October 28, told TNBES the experience will help him interact and expand contact with scientists and as well leave the conference “empowered and well-connected”. Photo Credit: Facebook/Niani Ebrisanjie Kanda

Biodiversity journalists Mamadou Edrisa Njie Tuesday arrived in France to attend the 3rd International conference on Biodiversity and United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The confab is organized by the French CNRS Institut Ecologie et Environnement (InEE) and the German Leibniz Association (WGL) from October 29-31 in Aix-en-Provence, and focuses on the topic “Biodiversity and Food Security, from trade-offs synergies.”

TNBES understands participants will discuss the interdependencies between biodiversity and food security under ecological, economic and societal challenges, to strengthen a holistic understanding of the related topics and to overcome trade-offs by developing synergies.

Njie, a director of programmes of Biodiversity Action Journalists Gambia (BAJ Gambia) - a professional media advocacy and research organization, said it is expected that the conference will raise the profile of socially-relevant biodiversity research for participants and open new partnerships between German and French scientists.

Participants are drawn from a broad and multi-disciplinary community of scientists from basic and applied research, involving also policy-makers and other stakeholders concerned with various field of relevant biodiversity and food security.

“I am delighted to attend such a high profile conference that will gather scientists around the world… [It] would strongly enrich my future journalism reporting and help me in my prospective career,” Mr Njie said. 

Njie, also a blogger, said the experience will help him interact and expand contact with scientists and as well leave the conference “empowered and well-connected”. 

The organisers said a range of topics in the biodiversity-food security nexus, including the impacts of diet change on human and nature, will be discussed.


Written by Modou S. Joof

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